Guest column: South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom MP ENGNNL00120120926122714
Andrea Leadsom MP ENGNNL00120120926122714

I am enjoying having more time in the constituency over the summer, and so far the weather has been kind to me.

I have been out and about speaking to residents about issues that matter to them. As your MP, it is vital to keep in touch with local people, and try to provide some help.

Last week I met Deanshanger residents about a proposal to build a new Morrisons in place of a pub in their village and residents in Wappenham to discuss a wind farm proposal. This week I also met with communities affected by HS2 to discuss the latest consultation on compensation.

It is my priority to raise local concerns, to provide support to communities affected by HS2 and to ensure decent and fair compensation and effective mitigation.

Recently, we have had some excellent national news on employment with unemployment falling by its largest annual amount since 1995 in the last year. Unemployment in South Northants stands at just one per cent with 595 people out of work. This is 330 lower than this time last year and I’m delighted about this. The Towcester and Brackley Job Clubs, which I set up in 2009, are going from strength to strength under the care of SNC, and have certainly played their part in helping local people find work.

One of the most effective ways of supporting young people into work is through apprenticeships.

For my own part, I have employed an apprentice in my office in each of the last four years and my Westminster team have recently welcomed my new apprentice, Ellie Hanger, who has joined us from Magdalen College, Brackley.

I am delighted all my previous apprentices have found permanent jobs, and I wish Connor Batty, who is about to finish his apprenticeship, every success in his new role with Bob Blackman MP.

I look forward to writing again soon. Enjoy the rest of the summer!